The Finals were held at the Devon & Exeter Squash Club on 27th March.

I would like to thank Adam for hosting the event and also the markers on the night, Dean Clayton, Matt Baker & Phil Hancock.

The main final was between Newton Abbot & Tiverton. We played 4 of the main finals on the glass back and one on the right hand court. String’s 4 &5 were first on and Newton Abbot took an early lead 2-0 in the competition.
Next on was Adam Smart (NA) v Bruce Wheatley. Adam proved too strong for Bruce and won 3-0 giving Newton Abbot the win.

The next match on was Dan Gough (NA) v Ian Jolley. The match went to 1-1 then Dan took the 3rd making it 2-1. The 4th game was close and Ian nearly made it go to a 5th game but Dan managed to take the last game 15-13 making it a 3-1 win.
The last match of the main competition went the same way as the previous one ending up a 3-1 win to Dave Brown (NA) v Sean Gunn.

Newton Abbot becoming overall winners of the Devon Shield 5-0 against Tiverton.

Dean Clayton (Treasurer) presenting the Devon Shield to Newton Abbot.

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The Plate final was between Dartington v Sidmouth.
It should have been Kingsbridge in the final but they could not get a side together for this date. It was then offered to Sidmouth and they happily accepted.

The first two matches on were strings 5 & 4. Dartington took both of these matches 3-0 taking them to an early 2-0 lead in the final.
Next on was Jon Whiley (Dartington) v Alick Russell. Sidmouth needed this match to stay in the final. Jon went 2-0 up and it didn’t look good for Sidmouth. Somehow Alick managed to take the next two games making it 2-2. With both players tiring the last game went to Alick 15-11, giving Sidmouth the win 3-2 and keeping Sidmouth in the competition.

The next match was between Dominic Fenton (Dartington) v Chris Woodruff. Dominic took the 1st game 18-16 and then the 2nd, giving him a 2-0 start. Chris found himself another gear and took the 3rd game 15-8. The 4th was closer but Chris took it 13-15 bringing it back to 2-2. Chris managed to reach for everything in the 5th taking the last game and the win 3-2, bringing the overall scores of the competition to 2-2.

Leaving it all up to the last match of the night. Martin Billis (Dartington) v Alan Cockram. This I think was the match of the night. Martin took the 1st game 15-10, but Alan took the next 2 games 15-13 & 15-7 giving Sidmouth a 2-1 lead. Martin fought back well taking the next game 15-13 bringing it back to 2-2.

The competition was all on the last game of the last match of the night. The main competition had just finished and the main focus on this match.
The last game was close with Martin taking a 12-9 lead. Alan pulled it back somehow to 14-14. It couldn’t have been closer. Alan managed to seal the win 16-14 giving Sidmouth the win and the overall victory winning the Devon Plate in a close 3-2.

Dean Clayton presenting a picture of the Devon Shield Plate. Unfortunately it has been misplaced. Hopefully it will be found and presented later. Sidmouth with a temporary trophy on the night.

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Alan Ford